As editor of Home Ideas since it started, Susan has lost her heart to a dozen fabulous places and seen more clever ideas than she’ll ever have time to try. She heads a talented team who gravitate naturally to the coffee maker and regale each other with tall tales of products found and projects planned.

Kitchen Talk
January 9, 2011, 12:14 pm

If you’re ever stuck for something to get a conversation going, throw in the word ‘kitchen’. You probably won’t have to add ‘renovation’ or ‘appliances’ or ‘benchtop’ because just that one word will have everyone falling over themselves to tell their story – and, believe me, everyone has a kitchen story.

Whether they want to grizzle about the sorry state of their present one – guilty – or reminisce about the perfect one they used to have – guilty again – they’ll all want to have their say. I know this because over the last few weeks the team here has done a lot of talking – and thinking – about kitchens.

One thing I realise is that everyone has a different idea of what constitutes the ideal kitchen, perhaps because of the variety of things we do there, and the emphasis we place on one activity over another. Our avid cooks, for instance, gave priority to the array of appliances, a couple of the mums focused on space and practicality, while others were more concerned with finishes and features. But we’re all agreed that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the time and effort we spend on it is justified because of its importance to our wellbeing.